IBP: Yves Citton on The Ecology of Attention


What is attention? Where are the boundaries between ‘my’ individual attention and that of those around me? Whose paying attention to what? And, what are the consequences of how attention is manipulated and manufactured by the media and by ideology?

Yves Citton explores these questions and many more on the podcast today with special attention paid to his fantastic book “The Ecology of Attention” which analyses attention-related phenomena emergent at a number of levels from the individual to the social arguing throughout that there are high stakes for how we understand and work with these phenomena: for teaching, performance, the environment, and freedom itself.


Yves Citton is professor of Literature and Media at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis and executive director of the Ecole Universitaire de Recheche ArTeC. He taught for 13 years at the Université Grenoble Alpes and for 12 years in the department of French and Italian of the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He got his PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has been invited Professor at New York University, Harvard and Sciences-Po Paris.

Music for these episodes is provided by the Bristol-based artist Something Anorak. Check out his work at the Bandcamp site.

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Yves Citton Personal Website in English

Verso Books article on Yves’ book

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